Copied from a retired respirator therapist :
CORONA Common Sense
Since they are calling on Respiratory therapist to help fight the Corona virus, and I am a retired one, too old to work in a hospital setting. I'm gonna share some common sense wisdom with those that have the virus and trying to stay home. If my advice is followed as given you will improve your chances of not ending up in the hospital on a ventilator. This applies to the otherwise generally healthy population, so use discretion. 1. Only high temperatures kill a virus, so let your fever run high. Tylenol, Advil. Motrin, Ibuprofen etc. will bring your fever down allowing the virus to live longer. They are saying that ibuprophen, advil etc will actually exacerbate the virus. Use common sense and don't let fever go over 103 or 104 if you got the guts. If it gets higher than that take your tylenol, not ibuprophen or advil to keep it regulated. It helps to keep house warm and cover up with blankets so body does not have to work so hard to generate the heat. It usually takes about 3 days of this to break the fever. 2. The body is going to dehydrate with the elevated temperature so you must rehydrate yourself regulaly, whether you like it or not. Gatorade with real sugar, or pedialyte with real sugar for kids, works well. Why the sugar? Sugar will give your body back the energy it is using up to create the fever. The electrolytes and fluid you are losing will also be replenished by the Gatorade. If you don't do this and end up in the hospital they will start an IV and give you D5W (sugar water) and Normal Saline to replenish electrolytes. Gatorade is much cheaper, pain free, and comes in an assortment of flavors 3. You must keep your lungs moist. Best done by taking long steamy showers on a regular basis, if your wheezing or congested use a real minty toothpaste and brush your teeth while taking the steamy shower and deep breath through your mouth. This will provide some bronchial dialation and help loosen the phlegm. Force your self to cough into a wet wash cloth pressed firmly over your mouth and nose, which will cause greater pressure in your lungs forcing them to expand more and break loose more of the congestion. 4. Eat healthy and regularly. Gotta keep your strength up. 5. Once the fever breaks, start moving around to get the body back in shape and blood circulating. 6. Deep breath on a regular basis, even when it hurts. If you don't it becomes easy to develope pneumonia. Pursed lip breathing really helps. That's breathing in deep and slow then exhaling through tight lips as if your blowing out a candle, blow until you have completely emptied your lungs and you will be able to breath in an even deeper breath. This helps keep lungs expanded as well as increase your oxygen level. 7. Remember that every medication you take is merely relieving the symptoms, not making you well. 8. If your still dying go to ER.
I've been doing these things for myself and my family for over 40 years and kept them out of the hospital, all are healthy and still living today.
Thank you all for sharing. We gotta help one another.
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Donnajs: Ok...I may lose some friends on this post...but it's been on mind for quite a while now. I moved to Florida over 3 yrs ago. The first thing I learned was to be prepared...not to wait for the last minute to run out to build your supplies. End of the season. I use what I need to use, and start replacing it with new...ummm did you read that? end of the season...NOT the beginning or right before a Hurricane is set to hit!. I think it also relates to this horrible epidemic we are now in the midst of. .. It has been said thru various means this was bad. People laughed and skoffed..said it was fake news...blamed even the President before it even started hitting the U.S. But when you are told it hit China, you may think .ehh it's China, but then it's Korea...then Italy.......the legitimate doctors are talking..even sending emails...doesn't it make you stop and think there really is a problem?.... I almost laugh at the people running out to buy bread milk and eggs (the proverbial french toast). I have been buying and stocking long before this has started, I admit i didn't have hand sanitizer, but i alway make sure i have ample supply of hand soap, cleaning supplies, and disinfectants. Why doesn't this make sense to other people. I also hear about the poor.. if the poor had gone to the $ store they could have done the same thing ..a dollar at a time if necessarry. I'm happy to say I have supply...enough that I may be able to help someone, instead of being the one that needs help. ..i also decided to go on my short cruise..it was to the bahamas... and it was before the epidemic exploded in the U.S. now everyone who knows me knows I have compromised health issues... so i tried to be very careful... hand sanitizer was everywhere, and I used it. towelettes available at the doors of bathrooms for anyone smart enough to use them. I had a good time and I don't regret going. But on my return, and even during the cruise I felt like I was worn out ..tired....(won't mention how much we walked daily).. but when I came home, I put myself without checking with anyone on Self Isolation. It's the right thing to do ...for me...and for others.... I have an issue that I'm waiting on test results on Tuesday... cross fingers, say prayers, think good thoughts..I appreciate them all.... ....what I'm saying is this...I have no college degree.... I am not smarter than the average bear, ...I raised an intelligent son, and claim he got his smarts from me...but (shrug)...If I can come to these simple conclusions of what to do to take care of myself and my friends.... why can't the majority of people do the same? ..As we go thru this scary (to some) and funny to others... I wish you all well...and a healthy outcome....... look out for your neighbors, family and friends...be the person who can help ...and not need it.but..please...i know there are people out there who just can't make it...........if you need help...Ask for it.......someone is listening. ............ Donna
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I live my life with dignity.
I laugh, I love, I dream, I cry.
Rejoice each day as it slips by.
No hair of white could ever take
Away life's pleasures that I will make.
No lines that cross my weathered face,
Would ever try to slow my pace.
Experience time...precious and sweet.
Confront the challenges that I meet.
I question you ........to be so bold.........
To think that I am growing old!!